A Life Built on Great Values

Want to be inspired by a successful life built on great values?

If your answer is yes, please join me on Friday, December 4 at 7 a.m. in the Culbertson Room at Kenilworth Union Church to hear Jim Hackett speak on Faith & Leadership.

Hackett grew up in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School in 1972. He married his high school sweetheart, Maureen. Her influence kept their life together focused on serving others, even as they raised four children and Hackett charged through Harvard Business School and a spectacular career with a series of energy companies.

Most recently, Hackett served as Executive Chairman of  the Board and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies.  He also is the former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, a board member and/or adjunct faculty member of multiple colleges, a board member of two Fortune 500 companies and a partner in the private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC.

That’s impressive success indeed.

But what most intrigues me about Hackett are four other facts:

1.    He stepped back from the pinnacle of corporate success in order to pursue a Masters in Divinity at Harvard University.
2.    He cites two high school English teachers as life changing.
3.    He calls Maureen the more inspiring member of their marriage.
4.    With Maureen, he endowed the Women’s Philanthropy Center at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

This is a powerful man living by powerfully good values.

The Hacketts live in Houston.  But they returned to the North Shore in 2013 when he was inducted into the New Trier Alumni Hall Of Honor.

Hackett proved to be an engaging speaker that night.  So I’m delighted that he’s returning to discuss Faith & Leadership at Kenilworth Union, confident that his message will inspire you and honored to be able to introduce him.

Please join me and be inspired too.  It will be a great way to start your day.